The CFOO serves as leader of the business office, which also currently includes a controller and a bookkeeper. The CFOO will have the opportunity to review and enhance current Business Office policies and procedures including but not limited to the annual budgeting process and purchasing order system.
The school has recently completed an organizational audit to maximize operational efficiency. As a result, the CFOO will now also oversee Facilities and Security, Food Service, IT, and Human Resources and will be responsible for ensuring continued excellence for the school's daily operations.
Achieving Strategic Goals
The school has recently reaffirmed its mission and guiding values (Community, Character, Respect, Reflection, Resourcefulness) and adopted a strategic framework to guide its work. The CFOO will work with colleagues and Trustees to ensure that they have the resources needed to reach strategic goals.
Evaluating and Reimagining Employee Compensation Green Vale is fortunate to have gifted, dedicated faculty and staff, many with significant tenures at the school. At the same time, the school recognizes the continued challenges of attracting and retaining
Partnering with the Board of Trustees to Ensure Financial Stability and Stewardship of the School’s talent and the challenges of high demand and a rapidly increasing cost of living. The CFOO, in partnership with the Head of School, will be charged with examining the current compensation structure and making recommendations for making the system as competitive and equitable as possible.
Resources The CFOO will work closely with the school’s Board of Trustees, a dedicated and talented group of volunteers, who are appropriately focused on ensuring the school’s financial sustainability now and into the future.
The Board expects the CFOO to serve as both the manager of the school’s day-to-day finances and their thought partner on long-term financial modeling and analysis. Green Vale has an impressive endowment ($35 million) for a school of their size. The CFOO will work closely with the Board to ensure continued growth of the endowment, as it provides vital support for the operating budget.
In addition to embracing Green Vale’s mission, supporting its Head and leadership, and representing the school at professional and public forums, the new CF&OO has a number of primary responsibilities: Provide strategic leadership, analysis, and management of finances and operations
Establish financial and capital strategies that are consistent with the strategic priorities.
Serve on the Head of School’s Administrative Team and lead, co-lead, or participate in several other teams and committees.
Oversee all business office functions including all financial reporting to the Head of School, Board of Trustees, and various committees.
Serve as chief staff liaison to Board committees.
Build and/or maintain the school’s short- and long-term strategic financial models.
Oversee the administration of the school’s endowment.
Oversee School operations including personnel, maintenance, and vendors.
Maintain strong relationships with banks and lenders to ensure that funding is secured for the needs of the school and compliance with loan terms.
Administer and manage all employee benefit programs including health insurance, retirement, worker’s compensation, life insurance, and other related plans.
Manage insurance programs including property, casualty, medical, workers’ compensation
Ensure compliance with all local and state reporting requirements.
Collaborate effectively with Advancement, Enrollment Management, and other departments
Participate in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging professional development.
Coordinate closely with the Facilities Director on oversight of the physical plant, grounds, and construction functions.
Bachelor’s degree required, MBA or CPA preferred;
10-15 years of senior-level experience creating and executing financial planning and management strategies;
Experience managing a team, setting clear goals, responsibilities, expectations, and clear methods of accountability;
Experience managing a team with both in-office and remote members, successfully creating cohesion among the team itself;
Proven record of accomplishment designing, implementing, and managing large-scale organizational change;
Superb communication skills; excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills;
Demonstrated ability to understand complex subjects, distill them, and then communicate them to varied audiences; Experience in an independent school preferred, though individuals with strong financial and leadership skills are welcome; Experience on senior administrative teams and working with non-profit Boards;
Demonstrated experience in measuring and improving organization-wide productivity;
Demonstrated experience in the development of analysis for strategic decision-making, such as key cost drivers, competitive analysis, market analysis, organizational strengths, and weaknesses, etc.; Experience in human resource management, employee benefits (including pension plans), and payroll procedures. Knowledge of business and not-for-profit accounting policies, procedures, practices, facilities, and software programs;
Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively;
Ability to supervise, manage, and delegate multiple functions and activities;
Ability to remain calm, flexible, and work effectively under pressure;
Skilled at negotiating and initiating contracts with external vendors;
Aptitude for high customer-service standards;
Consistent demonstration of an entrepreneurial mindset;
Demonstrated commitment to equitable and inclusive practices;
At The Green Vale School, we inspire and challenge Pre-Nursery through 8th Grade
students to be their best, cultivating intellect, character, and confidence as a foundation
for success. We are a joyful school community where every child is known.